Police have locked down four streets in Fairfield East as they hunt for a gang of men who are suspected of robbing a bank in Chester Hill early this morning.
Fairfield Champion reported that heavily armed police surrounded Tangerine Street, where the thieves’ getaway car crashed at 11am. A number of men, who are thought to be armed, are believed to have fled the car.
Police are now urging residents to stay indoors and for the community to avoid Hercules, Tangerine, Mitchell and Crown streets. A police helicopter is currently circling the area. Police have not confirmed reports that, after crashing their car, the offenders attempted to carjack another car.
The gang, described as being Pacific Islander in appearance, is believed to have robbed the Commonwealth Bank in Chester Hill about 10.30am before fleeing in a blue Holden Commodore.
A NSW Police spokeswoman was unable to confirm reports that the offenders were armed with guns and a baseball bat at the time. One motorist in Chester Hill told Fairfax Media that a large number of police were surrounding the Commonwealth Bank about 11am.
A NSW Ambulance spokesman said paramedics treated two women, including one who was pregnant, for shock at Chester Hill.
Shopkeepers on Waldron Road were told to close their doors and stay inside at the time of the robbery.
The ambulance spokesman said paramedics had also been called to Tangerine Street, but were standing off because those involved in the incident were possibly armed.
A golf club on Weymouth Avenue in Auburn was also robbed – about 10.30am on Friday – but police said it was unclear whether the same offenders were responsible.